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Arteries of New York City

Published 1941

Shows transportation corridors leading into and out of New York City, and efforts at transportation and infrastructure planning.

Run time 9:26
Producer Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W



Aerial view of New York City
map illustration of United States with "transportation arteries"
A busy department store
apartment houses, the suburbs
Coney Island boardwalk
Times Square at night
Crowded city streets
People entering a subway -- underground subway station, inside the train, shot of the inside of the tunnel
Grand Central station
Commuters on the ferry boat from New Jersey
Slow motion pans along storefront streets
The Brooklyn Bridge
Driving through a tunnel
Slow traffic during commuter hours
Animation illustrations of subway lines, bus lines, and people's movement into and out of Manhattan.

Cities, New York, City, Transportation, Buses, Trains, Streetcars, Trolleys, Subways, Ferries, Railroads, Maps, Animation, Diagrams, Boats, Aerials, Buildings, Streets, Highways, Skyscrapers, Expressways, History, Planning, Automobiles, Trucks, Passengers, Commuter, New York City (history and culture) Regional planning Transportation Trains Railroads Subways Ships Buses Streetcars Trolleys Automobiles Animation Highways Maps (animated) Regional Plan Association of New York Urban planning Tunnels Bridges Congestion Highways (congested)


Reviewer: stashy342 - favoritefavorite - February 3, 2015
Subject: dating of film
I, like other commenters, was perplexed by the stated date of this film, 1941. When the film mentioned the addition of tunnels, the accompanying graphic displayed the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which not opened until 1950
Reviewer: Transit Jeff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2010
Subject: New York City transportation
The film claims to be produced in 1941. However, near the end, there is a brief scene showing Marmon Herrington trackless trolleys. Marmon Herrington didn't design or start to build electric trackless trolleys until after the war, in 1946. The very first city to get them was Indianapolis. And Marmon's plant was located in Indianapolis.

The trackless trolleys shown appear to be either from Indianapolis or possibly Chicago. The only trackless trolleys in the New York City area were found in Brooklyn. The original line from the early 1930's {Cortelyou Road} used Pullman-Standard and Twin Coach trackless trolleys. Post war, the N. Y. Board of Transportation purchased a fleet of trackless trolleys from the St. Louis Car Company. No Marmon Herrington trackless trolleys ever operated in the New York City area.

The closest a Marmon Herrington trackless trolley ever got to New York City was in Philadelphia. The first fleet of Marmons in Philly were purchased in 1949.
Reviewer: JoeHohmann - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2009
Subject: Enjoyed it
However, it must be newer than 1941 because I'm seeing a '49 Olds and Ford. Also, no airports are shown. Too much film taken up by "clock" graphics.
Reviewer: Si_Stud - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2003
Subject: Runnin' through the veins
These old, informative film clips are great. The narrator's voice is very festive. Very helpful to someone who needs to know how to get around in New York City. Everything is shown from parkways, highways, subways etc. they show the transportation of NYC like a beating heart. In some ways I believe it is because there would be a daily disaster if everything was not designed to run smoothly in and out of the city
Reviewer: asalgado - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2003
Subject: The heart
This movie outlines the various transportation options to and from New York City. The mass transit system of New York City has helped characterize urban life. With it millions of inhabitants and visitors that roam the city daily, the transportation system carries people from work, recreation, and home. The movie describes Manhattan as the heart of the city from which the subways, trains, buses, taxis, and even ferry boats flow in and out of. The transit system helps control the rhythm and pulse of the city. The movies also have memorable footage of early 1940s New York City.
Reviewer: jestevez31 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2003
Subject: Arteries of New York
I absolutely love old pictures of cities. The footage was great in showing how people got around in the 1950's. It is interesting to see how much transportation and city planning has changed from then. I didn't understand why a bomber was included with these shots but it was still informative.
Reviewer: Ralf Muehlen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2003
Subject: Flying cars
The most interesting about this movie is its modernistic outlook: the assumed progess in transportation to jets and rockets being used to get from the suburbs to the cities.

Some footage must have been added after the stated copyright year of 1941. The launch of a German V2 rocket is shown, which at that point was still under development and not yet used against England. Also, there is jet with US Air Force insignia which was probably added after World War II.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavorite - April 27, 2003
Subject: Arteries of New York City
Fairly dry film about the various transportation routes into and out of New York City. It does have lots of historically interesting scenes of NYC in the 50s, though.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: *. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: **.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2002
Subject: Great Transportation in New York Overview
An excellent overview of just HOW people go to and fro the great city Of New York. This is a fascinating snapshot of 1941 New York, and how the city dealt with it's booming transportation problems. Busses, trains, subways, cars and ferries ("Where people can get a breath of "sea air" before going into the city" ahhh, those were the days!) all are covered. A great trip down memory lane. Reccomended!
Reviewer: sarahell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2002
Subject: Additional Info for Found Footage Filmmakers
Excellent neutral shots; mostly long shots and relatively quick editing (for 1941)
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